- England has an important stake in the origins of Champagne
It might be synonymous with a famous French region, but contrary to popular belief, Dom Perignon didn’t invite the signature sparkling wine. Indeed, more than forty years before it’s claimed Perignon invented champagne, the English scientist Christopher Merret documented an early version of the fermentation.
- London’s transport system might be bigger than you think
London has one of the oldest transport systems in the world – and also one of the largest. The 270 functioning stations of the London Underground boast over 400 escalators (the longest is at Angel in North London), but there are another 40 stations that aren’t even used anymore – and that’s before we even mention the famous red buses.
- One Welsh town is particularly difficult to pronounce
Road signs in Wales tend to be written in both Welsh and English, but some of the more complicated spellings might still flummox you when you’re in Wales. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllllandysiliogogogoch is one of the longest town names in the world – but don’t worry – most people choose to shorten it to the more manageable Llanfairpwll. To discover more about learning a language in the UK
- Stonehenge is older than the Pyramids
That’s right, located in the south of England and one of the UK’s most famous tourist attractions – Stonehenge was believed to be created in around 3000BC, meaning it’s older than Egypt’s pyramids.
- The Shard towers above the rest
London might have some of the UK’s most iconic older buildings, but the English capital’s modern ones sure know how to stand out, too. The Shard, located near London Bridge, was completed in 2012 and is currently Europe’s tallest building at a staggering 1,150 feet. If you happen to be in the area, you can even enjoy champagne on a viewing platform near the top.